Get Quick Directions browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Get Quick Directions?
Get Quick Directions is browser hijacker which is designed to promote getquickdirections.com (address of a fake search engine) by modifying certain browser's settings. Also, it may be designed to function as information tracking tool/collect various data. More often than not users download and install apps of this type unknowingly, therefore, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
As its name suggests, Get Quick Directions supposed to provide users with a quick access to driving directions, traffic updates and satellite maps. Nevertheless, the main purpose of this browser hijacker is to change the address of a homepage, new tab and default search engine to getquickdirections.com so that users would visit this address when they open a browser, new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. Simply said, Get Quick Directions is designed to promote a fake search engine. It is called fake because it does not generate any unique, independent results. When used, it redirects to search.yahoo.com (displays results generated by Yahoo). In most cases apps like Get Quick Directions do not allow users to remove a certain address from browser's settings unless users uninstall them. In this case getquickdirections.com can be stopped from being opened on the aforementioned occasions only when the Get Quick Directions app is no longer installed on a browser. As mentioned in the introduction, browser hijackers tend to be designed to gather various data. Usually they target browsing data, e.g., entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, IP addresses, geolocations. However, there are browser hijackers that are capable of accessing sensitive information/data as well. The biggest problem with it is that their developers could misuse collected information to generate revenue. For example, by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals), or in some other ways. This could cause users who have their browsers hijacked by such apps problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, they may even become victims of identity theft. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to trust (download and install) Get Quick Directions or other apps that are classified as browser hijackers.
|Name||Get Quick Directions|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Get Quick Directions|
|Supposed Functionality||This app suppossed to provide a quick access to directions, traffic updates and satellite maps|
|Serving IP Address (getquickdirections.com)||184.108.40.206|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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A couple of other examples of apps that are classified as browser hijackers are Maps Pro Hub, Watch Sports Here and PDF Opener. Very often apps of this type are advertised as tools that supposed to include various features, improve browsing experience, etc. Nevertheless, in most cases they are useless and can cause various problems. If there is some browser hijacker installed on a browser and/or operating system, then it should be uninstalled from it right away.
How did Get Quick Directions install on my computer?
One of the most popular ways to distribute PUAs is by including them in download and/or installation setups of other, mostly free programs. This distribution method is known as "bundling". Typically, PUAs are included in download and/or installation setups as additional offers. Those offers can be found in their "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings and declined through them. When users download and/or install programs without checking and changing any of those settings, they agree with offers to download and/or install additionally included apps as well. Additionally, unwanted downloads and/or installations can be caused by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts and through deceptive installers.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to download software only from official, trustworthy websites and through direct links. Other channels like third party downloaders (and installers), Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites, free file hosting pages, etc, should not be trusted. It common that the are used to distribute not only PUAs but also malicious programs. Also, it is always a good idea to check what are the "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings of any download and installation setup and see if they mention offers to download and/or install unwanted software. Such offers should be declined before finishing downloads and/or installations. Intrusive ads that appear on untrustworthy, questionable web pages should not be clicked as well. More often than not they open various potentially malicious websites or even cause downloads, installations of PUAs. If there are any unwanted applications (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) installed on a browser, then they should be removed from it soon as possible. Software of this kind that is installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with Get Quick Directions, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Notification saying that Get Quick Directions can read and change certain data:
Website promoting Get Quick Directions browser hijacker (Firefox):
Website promoting Get Quick Directions browser hijacker (Chrome):
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
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- What is Get Quick Directions?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Get Quick Directions application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove getquickdirections.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Get Quick Directions browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove getquickdirections.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove getquickdirections.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Get Quick Directions browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Get Quick Directions"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the getquickdirections.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Get Quick Directions browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://getquickdirections.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Get Quick Directions".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the getquickdirections.com redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Get Quick Directions" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Get Quick Directions", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.getquickdirections.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "getquickdirections.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the getquickdirections.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Get Quick Directions", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Get Quick Directions", remove hxxp://getquickdirections.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with getquickdirections.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the getquickdirections.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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